April 1989

Effects of Media Violence on ChildrenA Review of the Literature

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Mental Health, American Medical Association, Chicago.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1989;46(4):376-379. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1989.01810040082013

• The effects of media violence on the behavior of children are controversial. We examined and reviewed studies addressing this issue and identified many mediating variables. A small but genuine association appears to exist between media violence and aggression. However, many unanswered questions persist, and no interventions are clearly indicated.